The negatives: I noticed the smell right away. I like my home to smell like essential oils not dog.
The shedding did bother me, but he wasn't here long enough for his hair to really pile up.
I think the thing that frustrated me the most was the water dish mess. Drink, drink. Then drip, drip all over my kitchen tile. Yuck. Everyone always assumes that nothing shows up on my brown tile, but water spots gleam and shine for all to see. And they're not just any old water spots--they're contaminated with dog slime. Ew.
This last one is probably just my OCD, but I just had an overall feeling of dirtiness. Dogs licking themselves and then my kids is just plain dirty and sick.
What I learned: I really am happy dogless, but I know my kids really want a dog. It wasn't that bad, but here's the reality--it would just be one more responsibility to add to my plate, one more living thing to clean up after, one more thing to spend money on . . . one more thing to drive me nuts!
Also, I think if we did get a dog, it would have to be a puppy. Bonding would be better for me, and I would rather train than rehabilitate.
What to do?????????? *Sigh*